Northland is committed to full-spectrum sustainability. Our new Hulings Rice Food Center (HRFC), which combines certified kitchens, composting, and demonstration gardens is a great example of this. The Center is a place for food producers, students, and faculty to come together to learn, teach, and research issues around food, sustainability, and economic vitality in rural communities.
The Hulings Rice Food Center provides the space and equipment needed to move towards our eighty percent local food goal while providing educational space for students. The facility allows Northland to receive large shipments of local fruits and vegetables; freeze, dry, and can these products; and store them for off-season use. The Center also holds our enormous food composting equipment.
The Don R. and Carole J. Larson Food Lab represents a milestone in local food infrastructure as the region’s largest food processing facility. The food processing facilities are structured to function not just as a certified kitchen, but also as a laboratory for student education, research and discovery, and as a catalyst for local economic training, education, and development. The Larson Food Lab is:
- Commercially licensed for food processing and storage facility.
- Has the capacity to process and store up to six tons of food per year for Northland’s use.
- Available on a fee-per-use basis for other regional producers, allowing them to expand their businesses.
- Includes classroom and kitchen space for classes, workshops, workforce training, and other future academic and co-curricular programming.